Southport is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 3,828 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Southport is the 262nd largest community in North Carolina. Southport has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Southport, where the median household income is $54,813.00.
Southport real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Southport house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Southport is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Southport is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Southport who work in sales jobs (19.67%), food service (8.54%), and office and administrative support (8.07%).
Of important note, Southport is also a city of artists. Southport has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Southport’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.71% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Southport is worth considering.
Southport is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
One of the benefits of Southport is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.22 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Despite being a small city, Southport has a lot of people using a ferryboat to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on a ferryboat are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
In terms of college education, Southport is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.16% of adults in Southport have a college degree.
The per capita income in Southport in 2010 was $32,966, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $131,864 for a family of four. However, Southport contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Southport home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Southport residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Southport include German, English, Irish, Hungarian, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Southport is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Spanish.